Last week I voted in The House of Lords
It is true to say that I have not (yet) been ennobled and taken my seat in Parliament’s upper chamber, so I may be stretching the point a bit to say that I voted there. However, ASIS UK Chapter is a supporter of the Industry and Parliament Trust and last week along with my fellow Vice Chairman Graham Bassett I attended the AGM, held in one on the HoL Committee rooms, where I (and others) voted in the new Chairman and Board members: hence my slightly spurious claim.
David Ames MP was elected to the chair vacated by Baroness Angela Harris who stood down following the end of her four year term. Full details here http://ipt.org.uk/annual-general-meeting-and-summer-reception-2014.aspx
The Industry and Parliament Trust is a non-lobbying charity whose aim is to promote better links between Parliament (MPs Peers, MEPs and senior civil servants) and industry. Having joined last year this is our first full year as a supporter and we are contributing to a number of the Trust’s activities including the Cyber Security Report that is being launched this evening (24th June).
ASIS will also be contributing to other activities in the future.
The AGM was in the middle of a busy week for me at I spent much of it at IFSEC, where along with my volunteer activities with ASIS and The Security Institute I had organised the Risk and Security Management Theatre. The move from Birmingham seemed to work well and most of the people I spoke with were very happy with the venue and visitor numbers.
ASIS and SyI also had a joint networking lunch which went well.
Despite these other distractions I did manage to see a number of clients and candidates during the three day show, which was good too.